Every few years (including the year he was born), my son’s birthday falls on Labor Day. In Arizona, many families travel to escape the heat one last time before fall. This year, several of my son’s friends left town for his birthday weekend.
Coupled with the fact he could not decide if he wanted to have a party or just have a few friends over, his actual birthday was less-than-exciting. We ended up with family in town for much of the weekend, and my parents even came up on Sunday, brought cake, and we had a celebration with grandparents, his cousins (two boys my son just adores…one a year older and one a year younger), aunt and uncle, and a helium tank.
He was also able to play with a friend for most of the day of his birthday. In all, he had fun.
But this was his last birthday before officially becoming a teenager. The last year of innocence.
I am being dramatic…but you get the idea.
For next year, I have already decided how we will celebrate his 13th birthday. It will be a father/son trip and will involve one of his favorite things…fishing.
I find I need to plan ahead and make decisions, or events will creep up and find me unprepared, or at least underprepared.
I would like to think his reaction to the lack of an official birthday gathering with friends was sincere. He was not upset at all, but I suspect deep down he hoped for a party.
Let’s see if I can do better next year.
Have you ever felt like a failure in planning a party for your kids? How did they react?